What made you decide about visiting India and turning a commentator for the Olympics?
This is my first trip to India and next one’s going to be a busy one and then the following one will be a vacation. Initial conversations about joining the Olympics commentary team happened almost a year ago. I was making my consideration for what I would be doing during the Olympics. I believe in the messages of the Olympics and how people can find hope from that. To be inspired, to expect more, to be able to deliver for themselves and get more out of their lives in different fields not just in sports. When I thought whom should I talk to about this. I thought of it as a great opportunity to explore a new culture, the people there and meeting new athletes. I saw it as an enriching experience and I’m expecting that I am taken as a valued commentator by the people.
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“I suppose in these Olympic Games we are going to probably be around fifth (in overall medal tally). In swimming we are going to be behind the Americans, but can win between four and six gold medals,” said Thorpe throughout a media interaction here.
The winner of 9 Olympic medals and eleven World Championship titles is to be a part of the expert panel who can do the commentary for Star Sports network during the August 5-21 Games.
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‘Thorpedo’, as he was nicknamed when he dominated the pool in the World Championships and also the Olympic Games, hailed trendy technology that has enabled drug cheats in past Games to be caught recently, but said it absolutely was wrong to paint all with the same doping brush.
“I believe it’s the minority (who cheat). If you come up with tests when preserving our samples and (armed with) a brand new technology, it’s good thing. It’s like when DNA testing came in. however it’s too simple to mention that everybody is on drugs and isn’t it great we have a tendency to caught these individuals. This perception has to change in all of this debate.” The 33-year-old Australian dominated the pool in the Sydney Games while american nice Michael Phelps completely dominated swimming in the consequent 2 Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing, and therefore the Australian ace saw something similar happening not in men’s but women’s swimming at Rio.
“I suppose it’ll come a lot of in the women’s side. There are 2 nice american swimmers Katie Ledecky, who is swimming remarkably, and then is missy Franklin. These would be the 2 from the United States who would be dominant. “We have some nice swimmers in Australia. in the 100m freestyle we’ve no. 1 graded men’s swimmer (Cameron McEvoy) and that we have women’s no. 1 and 2 (Bronte and Kate Campbell) and that they are each sisters. “This are going to be a remarkable story that plays out at the Olympic Games. Australia will have a resurgence here from the swim team,” said Thorpe.
“My advise is everybody else is nervous, as well as the Olympic champion. Feel that the load of nation is behind you and spurring you on instead of weighing you down,” he said when asked what tips will he provide to an Olympic debutant.